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JPPSS Releases 2016-2017 School Calendar

calendarThe 2016-2017 school year starts for students on August 11, the last day of school is May 26, and winter break runs from December 22 to January 3. Those dates and more are part of the 2016-2017 school calendar that was approved by the Jefferson Parish School Board.

Click here to download the calendar.

There are four late take-in days for students on the 2016-2017 calendar (August 24, September 28, October 26, January 25). The late take in days are new to this year’s calendar, but they are a widely used practice in high performing districts across our state and our nation. On these days, students will report to school two and a half hours after their school’s normal start time.

These four days were added to the calendar to give our teachers time to review student data and make adjustments to instructional practices. We will still offer bus and food services on these days. Understanding that it would be a change for our families, we released a calendar survey that highlighted these changes in January and worked to get our current calendar approved as soon as possible. From talking with our teachers and with other education professionals, we’ve seen a desire for time embedded into the day to review student work and personalize lessons.

This change also goes along with our current implementation of Professional Learning Communities, which helps provide a better learning experience for our students by offering continuous, job-embedded development opportunities for our teachers.